As I’ve mentioned, my re-visit of DBZ is coming to an end soon. I’ve been eying at FIST OF THE NORTH STAR as a replacement for W&L, already, of course. However, as I’ve mentioned, it’s tough to resist when there are so many shows just sitting there, waiting for instant streaming… so here we are.
You lunatics have been insistently recommending HUNTER X HUNTER to me. First, while I was watching Togashi’s other epic (my beloved YU YU HAKUSHO), and then any time I’ve ever griped about the quality of any current, long running shonen. There’s something appealing about it being the ‘best kept secret’ in anime, right now. I mean, it’s been trucking along steadily for however many episodes, yet somehow not getting nearly as much as fanfare as ONE PIECE, TORIKO, FAIRY TAIL, et al.
Of course, if I’ve being totally honest, I feel like I’m trying to like this show in spite of itself. It’s a very specific quality to quantify, I realize, but this feels like Togashi’s honed the storytelling fundamentals of shonen so well that he can maintain audience interest even when the actual ingredients of the show aren’t actually that compelling. Like, there’s really nothing that memorable about Gon and his cohorts. Weirdly, they almost look like the mascots of some junior appliance line at IKEA (as bizarre as that sounds) - - cartoons that are as basically appealing as they are inoffensive.
At the same time, however, the whole trial of virtue that our heroes pass in this episode was actually a well-constructed ‘Riddle of the Sphinx’ scene. Also, the concluding chase/battle with the monsters was making the needle on the ol’ ‘thrill meter’ dance properly - - even if the critters didn’t seem to fit that cohesively into this world. I’m not excited about coming back for episode 3, but I am intrigued to watch it, neverthless, so I suppose that’s Togashi’s aforementioned invisible craft at work?
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